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News: October 2009

IGOR CHUDINOV: WE TAKE ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON CONSTRUCTION OF HYDROPOWER STATIONS AFTER THE UN CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

Source: IA 24.kg, 6.10.2009

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic believes that construction of Kamabarta HPS will contribute to addressing of climate change and global warming, Prime Minister of KR Igor Chudinov stated at the meeting with the Deputy Director of UNDP Regional Buerau for Europe and CIS Jikhan Sultanoglu.

“Climate change and global warming are of big importance for Kyrgyzstan”, Igor Chudinov said. “Following the UN Climate Change Summit we look differently at construction of HPSs. Even construction of a small HPS- the Kambarata-2 – we avoid construction of additional thermal block with capacity of 200 MB. This will allow significantly reduce the volume of hazardous emissions into the air. Construction of Kambarata-1 can also be considered through the prism of the Kyoto Protocol. Its launch can also reduce toxic emissions".

PRIORITY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE REGION TO BE DISCUSSED IN ALMATY

Source: , 6.10.2009

Today sub-regional work meeting of Central Asian Initiative on Sustainable Development opened in Almaty, which is to develop most important recommendations for addressing of priority environmental problems in the region. The meeting is organized by the Central Asian Regional Environmental Center with the financial support of the European Union.

Representatives of five central Asian states, national and international experts, as well as non-governmental organizations will discuss a wide range of issues under the Initiative, including approaches to transboundary water management, tools and projects in environmental management area, as well as preparation process of CA countries to the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen.

Climate change processes are already now having significant impacts on water resources, state of regional and national security of central Asia. As a result of increase of average annual temperature the glaciers are melting at an alarming speed thus shrinking annually by 1%. According to scientific prognosis by 2050 the surface flow of Amudarya and Syrdarya Rivers will reduce by 10-15% and by 6-10% respectively.

These and other issues will be discussed during the two-day work meeting on 6-7 October in 4 thematic sessions:

The sub-regional meeting is expected to be participated by representatives of European Committee, Ministry of Environment Protection of RK, environmental ministries and agencies of CA, OSCE, UNESCO, World Bank, International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea, UNDP and non-governmental organizations of the region. Also distant participation (teleconference) of a rep[resentative of UNECE Secretariat and European Agency for Environment Protection is expected.

WATER FACILITIES GIVEN NEW IMPULSE

Source: Uzbekistan Today, D. Kamilov, 6.10.2009

Uzbekistan has established a specialized company, O’zmahsussuvqurilish, that will handle construction and assembly works on major water facilities.

The company was founded in the form of state-owned enterprise under the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the basis of state unitary enterprise Bektemirdavsuvmahsuspudrat. The new company was established for further improving the organization of water management construction, enhancing the building quality and safety of major water facilities, informed the ministry.

It will be a self-financed company, and direct its net profit derived from business activities to supplementing its charter capital, strengthening the material and technical base in consultation with the founder. In addition, the company will take on its balance special equipment and machinery acquired through the state budget for the construction of water facilities upon completion. O’zmeliomashlizing state leasing company will provide timely delivery of special equipment and machines on lease.

It should be noted that Uzneftegazstroyinvest, a business unit of Uzbekneftegaz, will subcontract O’zmahsussuvqurilish for construction and installation work on water facilities in Farg’ona region.

Last year, the government allocated 21 billion soums for construction of irrigation systems: over 48 km of canals, 12 different waterworks, pumping stations with overall capacity of 3.4 cu.m/sec, reservoirs with overall capacity of 8 million cu.m have been constructed and reengineered.

COOPERATION IN WATER MANAGEMENT

Source: Uzbekistan Today, 6.10.2009

Board of Directors of the World Bank (WB) has approved a $65.5 million loan for a project on improving land reclamation status and water management in the Farg’ona Valley.

The funds will be allocated from the International Development Association (IDA) in the form of interest-free loan for 35 years, including a 10-year grace period.

The total project cost is $81.85 million which will be funded by the World Bank and other sources.

The water resources management project in Farg’ona Valley is designed to help increase agricultural production in areas prone to waterlogging, as well as reduce harm to households and infrastructure from the rise of groundwater and salinity.

The project consists of three parts. The first one includes improvement of irrigation systems and construction of drainage networks.

The second component of the project is aimed at institutional strengthening and the development of agricultural sector.

The third stage constitutes project management, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the project.